Public Act 177, Michigan Law requires all storage facilities to open a delinquent Tenant’s storage unit, take a visual inventory and make a brief description of all the storage unit contents. All facilities in the State of Michigan are required to do this. What is seen on television complies with another state's storage lien laws.
Rest assured that nothing has been taken from the storage unit(s) that are listed for sale. The unit(s) are not opened again until the Lien Sale "purchaser" opens the purchased unit. Once the lock has been cut and the visual inventory has been made the storage unit is locked and a seal tag is placed on the storage unit. The seal tag is recorded on the original sheet of the brief description. Once the Lien Sale has been completed the "purchaser" will be given a receipt with the unit number, the unit key, the seal code, and a gate code so that they can access the purchased storage unit.
A Tenant has up till the night before the Lien Sale to pay up any outstanding balance and take possession of their storage unit. They even have been known to purchase their own belongings at a Lien Sale. We as a company are not allowed by the Michigan Lien Law to remove any contents prior to the storage unit Lien Sale, this would be considered "stealing" and breaking the law.
The Storage Group
When a storage unit is abandoned or has gone into arrears, a public auction takes place to recoup some portion of the rental fees and clear out the contents of the storage unit. At The Storage Group, we host all of our public auctions online at www.storagetreasures.com.
Visit Storage Treasures to see upcoming auctions and start bidding now. Each auction will include a brief description of what the storage unit contains and a few photos, if available.
Participating in an online auction is simple. Bidders create a free account, browse auctions, place their bids, and the highest bidder wins the contents of the storage unit.
The winning bidder then heads to that storage facility to pay for and claim their items. Check this page regularly for upcoming storage unit auctions at our various locations across Western Michigan.